Style Icon: Coronation Street’s Bet Lynch

While there might be more than a bit of nonsense spouted about the great North-South divide, it really is true that girls in the North of England tend to get a lot more dressed up for a night on the tiles than their Southern counterparts.

Hair is bouffed, nails are slicked with polish and heels are stepped into. Nowhere is this more evident than on the cobbles of Corrie – a positive hotbed of OTT glamour – with the ladies behind the bar of the Rovers Return bringing more than a splash of glitz to the street.

Perhaps the most iconic barmaid to ever pull a pint was Bet Lynch; lips as red as apples, earrings the size of chandeliers and a face you couldn’t mark with a pick-axe – this was a woman who put the Rrrr into Rovers.

We’re not promising that by stealing her style, you’ll also be imbued with her attitude – but it’s not a bad place to start.

MAC Lady Danger lipstick

Lady Danger

With explosions, murders and intrigues happening all too frequently, we reckon Lady Danger is a fairly appropriate lipstick shade for Corrie’s womenfolk.

Kenneth Jay Lane earrings


When it comes to Hotpots and bling, the same rule applies, bigger is most certainly better.

ASOS Flat Top Cat Eye sunglasses


A girl needs her shades after all those late nights behind the bar.

MIU MIU Leopard-print shearling coat

Leopard coat

It’s not true what they say, Northern lasses do wear coats, it’s just that they have to be leopard print.

Le Vernis nail polish


Talons should be red and razor sharp, ready for those infamous bar brawls.

Leopard Authentic Vans


Okay, so we know that there is no way on earth that Bet would ever wear trainers, but navigating cobbles in heels is just plain daft.

If you want to channel your inner Bet Lynch for the day, head to the Coronation Street Tour in Manchester – tickets and more details are available here.